SARABAD finally lost his maiden tag at Clonmel in February but unseated his rider early when attempting a double at Cork. He looks on a very lenient mark but, with more progress expected, looks another for Willie Mullins. Unoccupied easily landed a Limerick handicap on St Patrick's Day and didn't quite last out the 3m at Cork last time so this should prove ideal. Miss Xian has gone up 7lb for beating Acapulco at Naas but is on the upgrade and looks well treated while Tom Horn reverts back to hurdling after chasing home Arvika Ligeonniere over fences at Punchestown. The veteran On The Way Out is another who has been chasing but is no back number over hurdles and has generally performed at a high level. Black Benny was last seen when placed in a tough Cheltenham handicap in November and ran well in this a year ago while the in-form Vics Canvas is another to consider.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders in mid-division, moderate 8th halfway, dropped to rear before 2 out and trailing next, last of 14, well behind Fosters Cross (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl gs in Mar.
Dancing Tornado (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, jumped left and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Blazing Beacon (10-3) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) hvy in Mar, 9 ran.
Black Benny (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, driven after next, chased leading pair before last, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 18, 11l behind Double Ross (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Shamiran (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 7th of 12, 40l behind Mount Colah (11-0) at Navan 2m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Tom Horn (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden entering straight, no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 13l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in May.
Vics Canvas (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, went 2nd at last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 19, 1 1/4l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Franchoek (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, no impression, 7th of 12, well behind Hillman (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar.
Free To Dream (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway from 3 out, 2nd and ridden 2 out, dropped to 4th at last, no extra, 4th of 12, 6l behind Miss Xian (10-0) at Naas 3m hcp hdl in Feb.
Gala Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, improved into 2nd from 6 out, ridden after 4 out, lost place before next, soon no extra, 7th of 10, 8l behind Let The Show Begin (10-3) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gd in Sep.
On The Way Out (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Chased leader in 2nd, close up halfway, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Blazing Beacon (10-3) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) hvy in Mar.
Sarabad (FR) 11-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, stumbled and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar, 12 ran.
Datokepe (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 12th of 19, 22l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Blue Cannon (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 25th of 30, well behind Prince Rudi (10-6) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Torn Asunder (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Settled in 6th, 5th 3 out and ridden in 6th before next, soon no extra, 6th of 9, 42l behind Rockyaboya (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan.
Miss Xian (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Prominent, disputed lead briefly 4 out, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden from 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Naas 3m hcp hdl in Feb beating Acapulco (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Unoccupied 3-1fav (9-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, left in lead approaching 6 out, ridden after 3 out, challenged 2 out, headed and no extra before last, pressed for 2nd run-in, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Brian Who (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) In rear, headway from 4 out, 7th next, soon ridden, 5th at last, kept on well run-in to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 19, 3 1/2l behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Mar.
Another Challenge (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no danger approaching straight, kept on, 8th of 22, 27l behind Irish Thistle (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Happy New Year (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 19, 26l behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Mar.